Pastor Keshab: Nepal

Pastor Keshab of Nepal

Pastor Keshab was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine after sharing gospel tracts and praying with fellow citizens in Nepal. He has appealed the ruling and is temporarily free on bail.

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PR on Judgment in M.A.M. v. Switzerland

Expelling to Pakistan a national of that country who had converted to Christianity in Switzerland was liable to infringe his Convention rights

PR on Judgment in M.A.M. v. Switzerland

The case of M.A.M. v. Switzerland (application no. 29836/20) concerned the applicant’s possible expulsion to Pakistan. M.A.M. is a Pakistani national who had converted from Islam to Christianity while in Switzerland, where he had arrived in 2015 and where his asylum request had been rejected. In today’s Chamber judgment1 the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that if the decision to expel the applicant to Pakistan were to be executed there would be a violation of Article 2 (right to life) and Article 3 (prohibition of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights, in the absence of an assessment of the risk to which the applicant was exposed on account of the overall situation of Christian converts in Pakistan and of his own personal situation.

The Court ruled that the assessment by the Swiss authorities of the risk facing the applicant on account of his conversion to Christianity if he were expelled to Pakistan had been insufficient to uphold the rejection of his asylum request, also given that he had not been represented by a lawyer at any stage in the national proceedings.

Indonesia (41st Session)

Indonesia

(41st Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects
fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report highlights the obstacles and dangers that religious minorities face in Indonesia due to both governmental restrictions and interreligious tensions. It also outlines the ways in which freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression are restricted and what the government is required to do to provide relief for those affected.

India (41st Session)

India

(41st Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.

This report outlines the continued lack of respect for, and protection of the right to
freedom of religion or belief in India. In particular, it addresses the grave impact of anti-conversion laws, which an increasing number of states across the country have been enacting, on the freedom to adopt and practise a religion of their choice, particularly of those belonging to minority faith groups. Furthermore, this submission stresses the urgent need for the Indian government to increase its efforts to tackle and eradicate the ongoing, widespread practice of sex-selective abortion.

Shagufta and Shafqat: Pakistan

Shagufta und Shafqat

The Pakistani Christian couple Shagufta and Shafqat languished on death row for seven years on false blasphemy charges. Their death sentence was overturned in June 2021. They are now safe in Europe.

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Syria (40th Session)

Syria

(40th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions.

This report highlights the situation of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR), and SAR’s shortcoming in promoting and defending this right.

Singapore (38th Session)

Singapore 

(38th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the European Commission and Parliament, and the Organization of American States. ADF International is also a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.  

This report highlights the legal restrictions on the rights to freedom of religion, expression and conscience in Singapore. It raises concerns about arbitrary and overly restrictive regulations on faith-based associations and religious activities, as well as the Singaporean government’s failure to respect the right to conscientious objection.

Nepal (37th Session)

Nepal

(37th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International has accreditation with the Organization of American States, the European Commission and Parliament, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

This submission reviews the current state of freedom of religion or belief in Nepal,
where religious minorities are restricted from, inter alia, freely manifesting their faith and possessing religious texts and materials. Accordingly, it makes recommendations
regarding the need to align relevant laws with international human rights standards.

Secondly, this report highlights the negative impact of Nepal’s culture of “son preference” and the resulting sex ratio imbalance and makes recommendations on further protecting women’s equal enjoyment of their right to life and freedom from exploitation.

Georgia (37th Session)

Georgia

(37th Session)

ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects
fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national
and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the
United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International
has accreditation with the Organization of American States, the European
Commission and Parliament, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights
Platform.

This report highlights evidence of institutional discrimination and societal violence
against religious minorities in Georgia, and suggests recommendations relating, to inter
alia, to the protection of places of worship and the safeguarding of freedom of
movement for people of all religious groups and none.

Lebanon (37th Session)

Lebanon

(37th Session)

 ADF International is a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects
fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people before national
and international institutions. As well as having ECOSOC consultative status with the
United Nations (registered name “Alliance Defending Freedom”), ADF International
has accreditation with the Organization of American States and the European
Commission and Parliament, and is a participant in the FRA Fundamental Rights
Platform.

This report examines the threat posed to freedom of religion and belief in Lebanon by
outbreaks of societal violence and the action of militant groups; as well as highlighting
the plight of religious minorities fleeing into the country to escape religious
persecution.